SURIN ELEPHANT ROUND UP AND ELEPHANT SHOW
NOVEMBER 19-20, 2011
VENUE: ELEPHANT ARENA RED CROSS FAIR, SRINARONG STADIUM, SURIN PROVINCE
The majestic Thai elephant has long been a central element in Thai culture and has held a respected place in Thai history. A symbol of power and grace, the elephant was revered by the ancient kings. Elephants have been prominently featured in Thai legends and literature, art and architecture.
During the reign of King Rama II an image of the auspicious elephant, symbolic of the King, was featured on the flag. In daily life, as man and elephant depend on each other, the elephant is treated as part of the family.
The every day life of the Thai elephant and its keeper is the central theme of the world-famous Surin elephant round-up held annually.